A city by the sea
Since the mid-2000s, Saint-Nazaire has once more become the seaside resort that it used to be. From the 19th century to World War II, its beaches were very popular. Today, the seafront has regained all of its former appeal thanks to new facilities and developments, especially on boulevard Wilson, boulevard Albert 1er and Place du Commando. Pathways have been redesigned and widened for pedestrians and cyclists, new greenery has been planted, and the low walls that bordered the seafront have been replaced with unobtrusive railings to make the most of ocean views.
The promenade is a fantastic spot for strolling, cycling, rollerblading or simply enjoying the sunshine on one of the extra-long wooden benches. If you have children, you might have to negotiate before starting the walk: the kids will certainly want to try out immediately the superb play area made of driftwood and rope on the beach located next to the Harbour Master’s Office.
A bit further on, at the other end of the curved shoreline, two contemporary cafés are much appreciated as soon as the sun is out. They allow for perfect lazing, watching people strolling by or getting a good look at the typical fishing huts that dot the coastline.